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2021.07.22 11:27

Poland, Croatia send humanitarian aid to Lithuania amid migration influx

BNS2021.07.22 11:27

Officials from the Polish embassy in Vilnius will on Thursday hand over a shipment of humanitarian aid to Lithuania, which includes beds, blankets, and generators worth around 162,000 euros.

"Poland and Lithuania are bound not only by very good relations, but also by similar challenges that could not be overcome without solidarity and neighbourly assistance," the embassy said.

Additional support from the Polish Defence Ministry is expected to arrive in Lithuania after the country requested assistance under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism amid increased migration from Belarus.

Poland is also sending a patrol car and 30 officers to Lithuania as part of the EU's Frontex programme.

Croatia sends aid

A humanitarian shipment has also arrived in Lithuania from Croatia on Thursday, according to the Lithuanian Interior Ministry, which includes 200 blankets, 200 mattresses, 200 pillows, 200 sleeping bags, 10 winter tents and 100 bunk beds.

"We have been receiving help from other countries in recent days. This time, aid came from Croatia," Interior Minister Agnė Bilotaitė said in a press release. "All of these items are needed to accommodate migrants while asylum procedures are underway."

"I thank all the countries that show solidarity with Lithuania in this difficult situation," she added.

This year so far, over 2,200 irregular migrants have been detained in Lithuania after arriving from Belarus.

The Lithuanian government has declared a state of emergency, saying that the Minsk regime is complicit in facilitating the crossing and calling it “hybrid aggression”.

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